Wednesday, April 11, 2007

This state of the knitting

Here's a look at the state of my current WIPs.



This is a top-down v-neck cardigan with cables starting about 3" past the underarm and planned to go all the way down to the bottom. I used Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits to get an idea of how many stitches to cast on and how many increases to do given the gauge I got, knowing that I wanted it to be about 33.5" around before the button band. It's knit with Debbie Bliss Cathay in color 09. It's a nice shade of pink - not too bright. I plan on doing the sleeves similarly, maybe with a flared sleeve where the cables start.



Next up is Sahara. Ahh, Sahara. So freakin' close!! I'm not sure how I screwed this up, but I ran out of yarn. Luckily, I discovered that WEBS carries the Jaegar Roma on sale, so I've already ordered more. I can't figure out what went wrong here. I am making this version much shorter than the pattern calls for. The pattern says I needed 523 yards for the short sleeve version, and I had more than that. Oh well.



And, I cast on for the Swan Lake Cardigan from the Spring Interweave. This doesn't seem to be one of the popular patterns from this issue (like Cable Down Raglan), but I like it because it's different and the construction is a challenge. The chart on this looks super intimidating, but once I got the leaves started, I realized I just need to keep track of them - the rest is just filling is some reverse stockinette. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Banana, my first project with this yarn. I've joined the Interweave KAL. I also want to join the Sexy Knitters, but they've moved over to typepad, so I hope I can join. They're doing Sahara now!

13 comments:

  1. All your projects are so nice and springlike. I am stuck in a winter colors rut that I can't seem to talk myself out of.

    Looking forward to watching you progress on the Swanlake Cardi, it's such a cute pattern.

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  2. ooh! I'm feeling the love for each of these projects! I noticed Swan Lake right away and am curious about why it hasn't taken off in blogland. Sahara the Greenish is lovely. And I was just considering using Cathay to make the Puff Sleeve cardi in Fitted Knits. I'm so riding on your knitty brainwaves right now. Enjoy each of them and keep us posted! So pretty! (And I hope the yarn you get from WEBS is a perfect match, or at least as perfect as it gets.)

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  3. Looks like youj will have some nice springy sweaters soon! Good for you - they all look beautiful.

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  4. The swan lake cardigan is actually the reason I bought the latest IK.I'm looking forward to reading about your progress; eventually I'll be tackling this one myself. It looks awesome so far.

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  5. I've had my eye on the Swan Lake cardie too! I'm just trying to decide what yarn (from the stash) I could use... Yours looks great!

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  6. Your WIPs are all beautiful. I especially like Swan Lake Cardigan. The color of the yarn is beautiful.

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  7. All of your projects look beautiful!
    Love, love, love the pink cable :-)

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  8. Hi Amanda - (I posted this question on the knit-along page too, just to cover my bases!) I'm working on swan lake too, and I have a question - maybe I'm missing something, but I'm having trouble with the instructions for the left and right lifted increases. They are written as though for a knit row, but if I'm reading the pattern right they're actually on a purl row....do you have insight? Thanks!

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  9. Lynne7:07 AM

    Lovely projects! I do like the idea of the cables for a fitted torso on the v-neck cardigan. And the Swanlake cardi is so pretty...I agree with Karma...surprising there hasn't been more interest in it. BTW, Cotton Fleece is one of my favorite yarns!

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  10. Oh I love your projects-you've picked good ones.

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  11. Me again -- I realized I'm a moron and I was looking at the illustrations at the back of the magazine (for knitted lifted increases) instead of following the written instructions at the beginning of the pattern. Oops! Thanks anyway, sorry for the dumb question....by the way, yours is looking lovely!!!

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  12. I'll be waiting to see how your swan lake turns out--I liked that one, but it's just not at the top of my list right now. All of your projects are so pretty, and such lovely colors!

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  13. I really liked the Swan Lake Cardigan too. I am going to have to try the Brown Sheep Cotton. My LYS didn't have any in stock when I was there last.

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